15437 Anacapa Road
Victorville, CA 92392
Just some of the surrounding areas where we provide legal representation include Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Chino, Hesperia, Apple Valley, and Chino Hills.
Experienced Victorville Criminal Defense
Victorville criminal defense attorney Michael Scafiddi uses his years of experience in law enforcement to defend clients accused of crimes in Victorville. A sampling of the criminal offenses he fights to get reduced or dismissed include:
- Animal cruelty (PC 597)
- Assault and battery (PC 242)
- Burglary (PC 459)
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes (including possession (HS 11350))
- Gang crimes (PC 186.22)
- Juvenile crimes
- Sex crimes
- Theft (including shoplifting and grand theft auto (PC 487d1))
- Violent crimes
- White collar crimes
Our criminal defense and DUI lawyers manage criminal cases from start to finish, from bail and release procedures all the way to trial. Though in most cases, Our Victorville criminal lawyers can avoid extensive litigation and achieve favorable plea bargains.
Victorville police and jail
9500 Etiwanda Ave.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
The WVDC is one of the largest county jails in California. It receives arrestees from many different law enforcement agencies and does up to 60,000 bookings and releases every year. People can search for WVDC inmates here.
Victorville D.A. and courthouse
Criminal cases and hearings for Victorville inmates are heard at the Victorville Courthouse, a branch of the Superior Court of San Bernardino County. The San Bernardino court system has one of the highest caseloads in the state of California. People may access their case information here.
The Victorville Courthouse is located at:
14455 Civic Dr. ste. 200
Victorville, CA 92392
Criminal court process
In the majority of cases, defendants do not have to personally appear at the arraignment if they have a private attorney appearing on their behalf. If a defendant fails to appear at a court hearing, the judge will then issue a bench warrant for the defendant’s arrest. At that point, the defendant would need to file a motion to quash with the court in order to get the bench warrant recalled.
Note that people who cannot afford their own attorney will be assigned a local public defender. But defendants are always advised to hire their own lawyer if they can. Public defendants lack the time, budget, and resources to zealously fight to get their clients’ charges reduced or dismissed.
Following the arraignment begins as period of negotiations between the defense attorney and prosecutor. The D.A. prefers to avoid the trouble and expense of trial, so prosecutors are often willing to lessen or drop charges as part of a plea negotiation.
Felony defendants are entitled to a preliminary hearing (unless they were indicted by a grand jury). Preliminary hearings are like a mini-trial where the judge determines if the D.A. has sufficient probable cause to prosecute.
Defendants often lose preliminary hearings, but they serve as a valuable trial dry run for defense attorneys. They help expose the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s case against the defendant.
Most criminal charges resolve without a trial. Whether defendants get convicted through trial or a plea bargain, the judge will impose a sentence. Sometimes judges grant probation instead of incarceration. As long as defendants follow all the terms of probation, they may be able to avoid jail.
Have you or a loved one been accused of a crime? Our Victorville DUI attorneys and criminal defense attorneys create attorney-client relationships and have law offices throughout the state of California, such as Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, Redlands, La Verne, San Diego, Claremont, Barstow, Upland, Pomona, and more. Our practice areas include personal injury, family law, and estate planning in addition to defending against criminal charges.